Sunderland plan new long-term deals for duo plus Liverpool, Chelsea and Manchester United make headlines

Chris Coleman is keen to tie down promising Sunderland duo Joel Asoro and Josh Maja to long-term deals.

Thursday, 22nd March 2018, 4:11 pm
Updated Thursday, 22nd March 2018, 4:20 pm
Sunderland striker Josh Maja.

Sunderland were quick to tie young midfielder Ethan Robson, 21, who was due to be out of contract this summer, down to a new two-year deal after breaking into the first team this season.

Sunderland striker Joel Asoro.

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"Obviously, Joel and Josh, we see their future as being here and the best thing for them is to stay with us and progress," said Coleman.

"We want to give both players long term deals, and I think both of them want to stay and play.

"They are young but they will get better, hopefully with us."

Here's a round-up of the days other transfer rumours:

Transfer rumours.

Manchester United are considering a summer move for Real Madrid's French defender Raphael Varane, 24, who they value at £50m. (Mirror)

Jose Mourinho was unhappy with midfielder Paul Pogba's "disrespectful" actions when he interrupted the Manchester United manager's TV interview with Match of the Day following the 2-1 win over Liverpool this month. (Sun)

Chelsea have joined the race to sign Tottenham's Belgian defender Toby Alderweireld, 29, who has a £25m release clause in his contract. (Mirror)

Liverpool midfielder Emre Can, 24, says he wants to play for "a very big club" next season. The German international's contract at Anfield expires at the end of the season. (Suddeutsche Zeitung, via Liverpool Echo)

Sunderland striker Joel Asoro.

As a replacement for Can, Liverpool are confident of signing £50m-rated Italian midfielder Jorginho, 26, from Napoli. (Mirror)

Arsenal will be expected to pay at least £35m if they want to sign defender Ruben Dias, 20, from Portuguese side Benfica. (Record, via Football London)

Southampton manager Mark Hughes wants to sign Swiss midfielder Xherdan Shaqiri, 26, from former club Stoke for £20m. (Star)

Everton are monitoring England full-back Luke Shaw's situation at Manchester United and sent scouts to watch the 22-year-old in the FA Cup against Brighton. (ESPN)

Transfer rumours.

Besiktas midfielder Oguzhan Ozyakup, 25, is set to sign for Everton on a free transfer in the summer, should the Merseysiders fail to bring in Arsenal midfielder Jack Wilshere, 26. (

Burnley will head the chase to sign West Brom defender Craig Dawson, 27, for £10m once the Baggies' relegation to the Championship is confirmed. Aston Villa and Middlesbrough are also interested in the Englishman. (Mirror)

Stoke defender Erik Pieters has been fined £70,000 by the relegation-threatened club after being pictured in a nightclub on Friday, just hours before the Premier League game against Everton. (Telegraph)

On-loan West Ham midfielder Joao Mario says he is unlikely to return to Italian parent club Inter Milan at the end of the season. The Hammers have the option to sign the 25-year-old Portugal international on a permanent deal in the summer. (London Evening Standard)

Reading have approached former Swansea manager Paul Clement to succeed Jaap Stam, who was sacked on Wednesday. (Times)